My cultural life: singer Graham Nash
Legendary artist Graham Nash, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, makes his National Concert Hall debut this July as part of Summer at NCH. His career spans everything, from 1960s' song-writing activism to chart-topping success, avant-garde collaboration and successful forays into the art and photography world. The litany of songs he has written, beginning with his contributions to The Hollies' opus from 1964 to 1968, includes Stop Stop Stop, Pay You Back With Interest, On A Carousel, Carrie Anne, King Midas In Reverse, and Jennifer Eccles. Nash was appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth. An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash takes place on Tuesday, July 31, 8pm at the National Concert Hall.
Film: Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' masterpiece, is not only a beautiful piece of celluloid magic, brought to us by the visions of Welles and his amazing director of photography, Gregg Toland, but shows us the story of William Randolph Hearst and the way giant corporations manipulate and guide our very future. From Kane's last words to the fire that destroyed all of his possessions, we learn about the 'control' that corporations have on our population and we would be well served by realising the reality of similar situations that face us even today.
Design: The Internet
I know that this question is about 'design' but I feel that the design of the net, to most people, is close to 'magic', but what other piece of design is as interesting as the internet? This technology brings people from around the world together. It enables the discussion of ideas, of different ways to solve problems, of what it's like in your world. On the net you are just the words you type… you're not an 'age', a 'colour', a 'sex', not a certain religion… you are just you, and the access of information available online is literally staggering.
Guernica by Pablo Picasso is a magnificent painting which exemplifies one of the reasons that I'm a creative artist. It's a piece of work that shows the world exactly what happened when the Nazis bombed the small Basque town of Guernica to help Spanish fascist leader General Franco. The violence of that day is brought to life when one studies the painting.
Connections, by Professor James Burke, is a monumental television programme about how history and the present day are connected. The inter-connected events that make up human time point to the fact that no piece of technology can be separated from the history of its development.
Music: The Beatles
I feel fortunate to have lived in the same world as The Beatles and Bob Dylan. It is my humble opinion that there will never be a group as important, both culturally and musically, as The Beatles. I also love the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. It literally moves me to tears.